China's Sohu selects 3Com's data center platform

July 24, 2009 -- 3Com recently announced that Sohu, described as "one of China's premiere online community destinations," will leverage the 3Com H3C data center platform to build a next-generation data center.

July 24, 2009 -- 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS), recently announced that Sohu, described as "one of China's premiere online community destinations," will leverage the 3Com H3C data center platform to build a next-generation data center.

According to a press release, Sohu made its decision after a two-month field test of the recently launched data center products, including 3Com's S12500 Series core switch line and S5800 Series 10-Gigabit switch series. Sohu said it was impressed with the levels of performance and reliability the H3C high-density data center network products' unified architecture delivered, and so awarded the company an exclusive network equipment supplier contract.

Sohu representatives say the provider's new data center needed to handle ever-increasing data traffic and support an increasingly innovative business platform. The 3Com H3C solution addressed issues arising from traffic bursts with its distributed buffer, one-time precise scheduling and robust quality of service (QoS) offerings, says the provider. Additionally, the H3C Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) technology simplified the basic architecture of a traditional data center and virtualized network resources, enabling Sohu to easily accommodate future business development needs.

Mr. Qiuwei, network operation and maintenance director of Sohu explains, "H3C's next-generation data center solution exhibited superior performance, availability and scalability during our field test, and significantly impressed us all. Based on the outstanding results H3C equipment provided, we chose H3C for our data center, and we are confident it will provide exceptional availability of services, readily meet increasing bandwidth requirements and capably support any emerging new services we offer our community members."

As the first third-generation interactive Chinese search engine launched by Sohu, www.sogou.com is described as vital to the company's future business prospects and development. According to the release, Sogou's launch requires a data center platform that can support storage of 10 billion Web pages; a Web page update and rating system; high-performance, concurrent access to and from numerous server clusters; and flexible expansion in years ahead. A traditional data center architecture could not meet these requirements; as such, Sohu says it decided to utilize the H3C next-generation data center architecture for its new Internet data center (IDC) equipment room.

For Sohu, choosing the best networking equipment vendor was paramount, so the company collected equipment from several global networking solutions providers for a two-month field test. The H3C next-generation data center solution incorporated its S12508 core switch deployed in the data center working in tandem with its S7500E high-end multi-service routing switches, S5800 10-gigabit switches and its Web-based Intelligent Management Center (IMC) platform. This bundled solution provides line-speed transmission of small packets, a large buffer to deal with traffic surges resulting from user searches and reloads, and high-performance stacking for flexible short- and long-term network expansion. These advantages, coupled with the company's rapid response and its thorough range of service offerings, made the H3C solution the best among those presented, maintains the provider.

According to Sun Dehe, vice president of the 3Com H3C network product line, "H3C had a long-term plan in mind when it began developing its next-generation data center solutions for enterprise customers. For example, our unified switching architecture enables users to more easily design future-oriented applications; a characteristic required of Sohu's data center. We believe more customers will adopt H3C next-generation data center solutions to take advantage of this and other technological breakthroughs to maximize the efficiency and performance of their data centers."

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